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Thanks for the great story of a great person.
I'm not so sure they thought this one through.
Actually, Chicago has seen a significant increase in homicides. They had 513 in 2012, up 15% from 448 in 2011. In 2012, more people were killed in Chicago than US troops in Afghanistan.
The statistics are not new. While some 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, more than 5,000 people have been killed by gun fire in Chicago during that time, based on Department of Defense and FBI data.
'Gun Control' just doesn't work and the current administration can't even see it, even when the head honcho's own stomping grounds of Chicago provides a perfect example of what happens. The two forced cash for guns situation in Australia is another example.
Several years ago, our neighborhood met with the Gwinnett Co. school board over a rezoning issue. Although I still believe they made the wrong decision and we were lied to by several different power groups, I was very much impressed with Mrs. Radloff. She was the only board member who asked questions or made any intelligent comments about the issue. In subsequent meetings, I've witnessed her standing up to the superintendent over issues she felt strongly about. She seems to be the only one who will do so. Her dedication is something to be admired.
I didn't realized this conviction was just handed down. Glad to see we have two PhDs (Gena Evans and Malika Reed Wilkins) running such a tight ship. Does anyone know how many employees SRTA has? Are the all office workers?
I got an "Out of Office" message from my e-mail to Malika Reed Wilkins, PhD. I sent a question to the 4 SRTA board members. Will see if they respond. Out of probably 15 e-mails/phone calls to them, I have gotten one response since this HOT lane theft started.
Ah...the first we have heard from Dr. Evans in quite some time.
GDP and Dr. Gena Evans: In addition to the questions raised above, what are the numbers as far as fines for people who abuse the HOT lane. This morning, between Pleasant Hill and Shallowford, I saw 7 vehicles cross the double line illegally. I see at least 5 every morning and that many in the afternoon. A coworker of mine says she crosses it every day, both ways, because of where she gets on the interstate and the issues with the access points, and has yet to be fined.
How many cars per day use the stolen HOT lanes with no tolls due to:
- Having 3 or more people in the car
- Had a tag given to them (government employees)
There was an article a few months ago that about 20% of the users were being charged no tolls but there was no breakdown. With the $65 million dollars spent on the project, why can't we get the real breakdown of the users of these stolen lanes?
I've also never heard how they are at mailing out and collecting fines. I see at least 6 people per day entering in places other than the entrance points. Was almost hit this morning as someone came busting out of the lane to get around a bus.
A coworker of mine told me she enters and exits every morning over the double line and hasn't received a fine yet, either through pulling the money out of her account or from a special notice.
@GwinnettIsGreat: I was a carpool user dating back to 1996. They took that away and want to charge use to use what we already paid for. Toll lanes are probably a good idea, but you don't take away a travel lane that was given to the state in the first place. What is the most maddening are the lies that Evans and Wilkins and the rest of the SRTA/GDot crowd have continued to spout.
@GwinnettisGreat: Why should we have to pay to use a lane that was already paid for by our tax dollars. That lane was initially added as an HOV lane as a part of the lead up to the Olympics using OUR tax dollars. Then, SRTA/GDOT take control of it to make it an HOT lane....that doesn't even pay its own operating costs, but we have over educated bureaucrats like Gena Evans and Malika Reed Wilkins with full time jobs, spouting out nonsense about the success of the project. And as noted above, they are talking about extending it OUT but can't say if it is a 'success'. SRTA/GDOTS description of success has changed constantly throughout the past year anyway, so I was surprised to see that Ms. Wilkins didn't deem it a smashing success.
And to Scott "Rocket" Dorer, the Harley driver quoted in the article. You could use the HOV land FOR FREE anyway, prior to the theft of the lane anyway, so this isn't changing your situation at all.
Keep up the good fight John Galt and GwinnettSince91. Someone has to tell the emporer he isn't wearing any clothes.
Gwinnett Court records show some of these highlights
10/12/11: theft by taking/theft by receiving/theft by deception - pled to guilty to 2 of the 3 charges on 7/30/12. 5 years probation as first time offender.
4/17/12: crim. trespass/prowling/harassing phone calls
9/7/12: armed robbery/
9/10/12: burglary/ armed robbery/kidnapping/aggr. assault/weapon during crime
Assume these two are for the phone store robbery.
Recap. 19 arrests since 2003. Plead guilty 6 weeks ago for a crime a year ago as a first time offender and now ups his activity from theft to armed robbery and in the meantime, also got arrested for harrassing/trespassing and prowling. Nice.
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